It is a Monster I created
My 3 - Horse, Pony & Mini - have free access to stalls 24/7.
Horse is Herd Boss, Pony is his minion, Mini is a free agent.
They routinely go into their own stalls for grain, morning & evening.
Mini is the Monster.
Until a couple days ago he would eat his grain, in his stall, then meander over into the horse’s stall to share hay & check feedpan - sometimes with horse’s nose still in it. Horse tolerates the little guy & was generally 99% done eating his grain when this happened.
Pony would never dream of entering horse’s stall to share, nor would he tolerate mini going in his.
While they eat, I tidy up, get ready to sit on my bench outside the barn to dispense morning treats. They know the routine & will either come out or wait for me politely.
The other morning I noticed mini was in horse’s stall quicker than usual - checked his feeder & about 1/4 of his ration was still in there.
I shooed him off horse’s pan - he had maybe 50% of his grain left - and stayed in the stall until horse finished. Mini made attempts to get past me…as if I couldn’t tell what he planned
Mini is on TC Sr (w/Thyro-L), horse gets oats & rice bran, neither of which mini needs to eat.
Horse is a benevolent despot & does not push mini out of his pan.
So I went into the stall to run interference & let horse finish his meal in peace.
Adding ~10min to my routine. Had to repeat at PM feeding & again this morning.
I left mini’s feeder in place & he finished his ration during the day - he is the only one who can go into his stall (through a 4’HX2’W door in back).
I don’t care that he is not snarfing all at once & finishes during the day.
But I’d rather not have to do Guard Duty 2X daily.
I considered locking mini in his stall until horse finishes, but 6 of one, 1/2 a dozen of other for me - still added work.
I confess I created the 'tude.
Mini now considers it his Right - not privilege - to enter the barn with me through the service door.
Where he leisurely nibbles on stacked hay as I feed flakes to the others in their stalls, water & pick stalls.
Then at the command “Go to your house” mini goes into his stall for grain.
Or do I live with the Sitch I have put in place?